she & him - why do you let me stay here?
I’ll probably always reblog this because I love it.
Don’t usually care for the red carpet stuff. But this photo warms my heart. (via @n4imes)
500 Days of Summer - Parody with Joseph Gordon-levitt and Zooey deschanel
On Youtube :D
Lol I was watching Star Trek yday so this is appropriate
dancingdirtroads asked: Lol just as you posted that I was editing mine to add the "nice guy" thing. Tom is a such a little shit and THAT is what the movie's about.
YES, exactly. And it just goes to show you that if Hollywood portrays a cute, white dude in any light at all, people will still refuse to see his flaws. I can’t get over how people keep blaming Summer and calling her a “bitch” and a “cow” and other insulting things, when she did nothing wrong and the story was to illustrate his destructive fantasy. The writers got it, JGL got it. But most of the public missed the entire point.
She’s carefree, quirky and criminally underwritten – say hello to some of cinema’s most notable MPDG offenders
This week’s clip joint is by Dominic Kelly, who blogs at somewhereimnot.wordpress.com.
Manic Pixie Dream Girls (MPDGs), a…
“…Let’s be honest, roles played by Zooey Deschanel could fill this entire list; her parts in Yes Man, Elf and New Girl are also prime offenders. But her role as Summer may be the quintessential MPDG. As well as being bubbly and impossibly impulsive, Summer incorporates another recurring characteristic: she ” has issues”. However, instead of the writer dealing with these and developing her as a character and a distinct voice, they are fetishised as some kind of edgy streak to make her an even more appealing, unattainable muse for the nuanced, alternative male.”
But wasn’t that the point? We are seeing Summer through Tom’s eyes, and to him, this is what she is. HE doesn’t see her as the complex and nuanced human being that she is, but rather as his fantasy dream girl. This is why he is so hung up on her throughout the course of the film and why he can’t seem to understand any of her motives or desires. Summer is depicted as a Manic Pixie Dream Girl for a deliberate reason, and I don’t think this particlar example is just “lazy screenwriting.”
I agree. In fact, I think anyone who thinks that Summer was a typical sexist MPDG trope has in fact missed the entire point of the movie.
Tom? Yeah, was a typical Nice Guy (TM). He wanted Summer and when he couldn’t have her in the way he wanted, suddenly she was a “whore” and he hated everything about her. Tom wasn’t the victim here.
People who claim that Summer was just a male wish-fulfillment trope make me think that they watched a different movie. Summer did what she wanted to do. She was clear from the start that she wasn’t looking for anything serious with Tom and that she wasn’t going to be his “muse.” She was her own person and he couldn’t accept that.
It irks me that a lot of people miss the entire point of this movie.
ETA: And just check out some of the comments:
I HATED 500 days of summer! I can see why JGL’s character would have been interested in Deschanel’s character initially, based on looks, but as soon as he discovered what an enormously self absorbed and annoying cow she was, he’d have run a mile. After 500 days he’d have throttled her.
The (500) Days of Summer attitude of “He wants you so bad” seems attractive to some women and men, especially younger ones, but I would encourage anyone who has a crush on my character to watch it again and examine how selfish he is. He develops a mildly delusional obsession over a girl onto whom he projects all these fantasies. He thinks she’ll give his life meaning because he doesn’t care about much else going on in his life. A lot of boys and girls think their lives will have meaning if they find a partner who wants nothing else in life but them. That’s not healthy. That’s falling in love with the idea of a person, not the actual person.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (x)
Ugh, I’m sorry to double post with two quotes, but he’s dropping another truth bomb here. I hate when people misinterpret 500DOS and think of Summer as some kind of bitch, or, alternately, as a Manic Pixie Dream Girl. That’s only how his character saw her. To me, this movie was basically about Nice Guy Syndrome: A guy who thinks he’s just so nice that he’s entitled to the woman he wants, and when she decides she doesn’t want him back, she becomes a bitch, or a whore.
Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Sid and Nancy
that’s because you have skinny, pretty white girl privilege. Your deep knowledge of nerdy topics is esoteric and cute. Mine is obsessive and strange. Your personality quirks are endearing. Mine are weird. When you wear clothes that make you happy, you are chic and bohemian. When I wear clothes that make me happy, I’m that weirdo fat chick with bad fashion sense. So, y’know. Excuse me for wanting to punch both you and your character in the face whenever you whine about how nobody accepts you. no… everybody accepts you. You’re what a geek girl is “supposed” to be. YOU’re the one the guys want to talk to, and the rest of us, since we don’t meet some minimal standard of cute, are seen neither as dating material nor as even friend material, and worth their time in a conversation. Sorry this is a bunch of bitterness toward “quirky” girls and our perception/treatment of them, at the expensive of OTHER girls don’t fit the supermodel mold.
Seriously. I cannot convey my feelings any better than you have already done. I’m so fucking sick of the awkward geek girl who is perfect in her awkward geekiness, because she’s cute.
YUP. Even when Hollywood wants to try and play to the awkward nerd girls, they always cast some perfect, skinny, tall girl. Take off her glasses and she’s suddenly miss popular because everyone realizes she’s hot. So hey guess what, girls that aren’t conventionally pretty are still alienated, made fun of, and shamed for being different. It’s ok to be weird if you’re pretty, but if you aren’t pretty you get scoffed at for jumping on the “nerd girl” trend or liking “boy” things and accused of doing that for attention.
Bold is mine
Extra bolding also mine. I know I reblogged this before, but I liked this addition, too. It’s so stupid how Hollywood puts glasses, braces, frizzy hair etc. on a girl and that’s supposed to make her some kind of Ugly Duckling. That’s how Hollywood portrays Forgivable Ugly. Those girls are always nerdy, misunderstood, teased and marginalized - until they have their Magical Transformation one day.
Whereas actual actresses who are not traditionally pretty are most often used in roles that are stupid, evil, played for gags, or somehow irredeemable.
And no, I’m not blaming Zooey Deschanel, because she seems very nice and she’s had her moments of speaking out against lookism. It’s just, this is the way things are: there’s a chasm between attractive people and unattractive people in society and especially media, and please, let’s not pretend that there isn’t.
It was a widely misinterpreted movie, I think. Well, people tend to say, “Why didn’t she end up with him? He was so nice!” But I think that he was really quite guilty of projecting a fantasy onto this girl that she didn’t necessarily deserve, and that, honestly, he was pretty wrapped up in his own selfish point of view. We’ve all been guilty of it. I’m sure I’ve done the same. And we all do it to one degree or another in every relationship. But it’s just funny to me, because I felt like the point of that movie was illuminating this guy who is basically delusional, who keeps projecting all these things onto this girl, and how that’s a problem for him, and how he then sort of grows out of it. But it seems like a lot of the people that see the movie don’t quite catch that. They just think he’s a great guy.
just watched this
tbf summers a bitch
Summer is realistic, not a bitch.
Tom’s also a jackass. People are like this. People are flawed. That is what makes this movie so moving, it’s like life. Fancy that.
Summer is not a bitch. Tom doesn’t listen to her. He holds her to this impossible standard and views her as what he wants to see her as, not as who she really is. She’s up-front and clear with him from the get-go, and he chooses to ignore it.
GDI this. Summer is NOT a bitch. Summer was up front with Tom from the beginning. She laid it out straight up, and he just refused to see it. Tom felt entitled to her love even though she told him repeatedly that she wasn’t in love with him, and when he didn’t get it, Summer was a “whore.”
Tom had Nice Guy Syndrome, and guess what? Even JGL himself said so.
I just love this video! Makes me want to dance. Also, this song is the story of my damn life.
Why Do You Let Me Stay Here - She and Him
He says it best. These are my feels.
Ha! Thanks, Noah. I’d never seen this before. There it is, folks
This whole thing just slays me every time!
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